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Sewing Machines

This guide offers information about the sewing machines in PPLD's Makerspaces.

Contact the Makerspaces

Library 21c: 
    (719) 531-6333 x1549

East Library: 
    (719) 531-6333  x1372

Sand Creek Library: 
    (719) 531-6333 x7018

Manitou Springs Library: 
    (719) 531-6333 x7004

How to Access the Machines

  • Sewing machine reservations have changed. Sewing machines are available by reservation at all makerspace locations. Reservations are for 1 to 4 hours, up to 2 times a month. They can be made up to one week in advance. Walk-ins are permitted - even if both reservations have already been used - however, usage of the machine cannot be guaranteed. See the link at the bottom of this box to reserve one of the sewing machine stations.
  • There is no cost or training required to use any of the sewing machines.
  • Staff is available to provide some assistance and answer basic questions.
  • PPLD provides basic supplies for the sewing machines. Supplies may vary by location. See the bottom section of this page for more information and, where applicable, pricing.
  • If you are under 18, you must submit a completed Creative Space Use Agreement (link below). You can request one at any makerspace desk, or print one out and bring it to a makerspace staff member.
  • Adults must agree to the Creative Space Use Agreement terms when making a reservation.
  • Please visit the Policy, Procedures, and Safety tab to the left for a link to the complete makerspace policy.

Sewing Tools and Notions

Materials available for purchase:

  • Tear-away stabilizer - First two sheets are free, $0.10 per for additional sheets. Available at Library 21c, East, and Sand Creek Libraries.
  • Water-soluble stabilizer - First two sheets are free, $0.10 per for additional sheets. Available at Library 21c, East, and Sand Creek Libraries.


Sewing Notions and Tools*:
*While we provide a variety of sewing notions for use with all of our sewing machines, we cannot guarantee supply availability. If you need a specific type / color of thread, or size / type of needle for your project, we encourage you to supply your own. Please call the location you plan to visit if you have questions about the availability of specific tools or notions.

  • Thread:
    • General purpose polyester sewing thread in assorted colors
    • Polyester embroidery thread in assorted colors
    • White and black embroidery bobbin thread (black available at Library 21c only)
    • V-69 UV bonded nylon thread in assorted colors (available at East Library only for use with Sailrite Ultrafeed LS-1)
  • Needles:
    • 130/705 H / HAx1 / 15x1 home machine needles: 
      • Universal needles (sizes 80/12-90/14) for basic sewing projects
      • Stretch needles (sizes 80/12-90/14) for basic knit projects
      • Jean needles (size 100/16)
      • Embroidery needles (sizes 75/11-90/14) for use with Brother SE400 embroidery machine
    • 135x17 general purpose industrial machine needles (size 18-20), for use with Sailrite Ultrafeed LS-1 (available at East Library only)
    • 135x16 leather industrial machine needles (size 20), for use with Sailrite Ultrafeed LS-1 (available at East Library only)
    • Hand needles, assorted sizes
  • Scissors:
    • Embroidery scissors
    • General purpose sewing scissors
    • Dressmaker's shears
    • Pinking shears
    • Leather shears (available at East Library only)
  • Rotary cutters
  • Cutting mats and rulers
  • Various pins and sewing clips
  • Assorted bobbins
  • Rulers and flexible measuring tape
  • Irons and ironing boards
  • Scrap fabric for practice